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The Great Race (1965) 1964 Leslie Special Car

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The Great Race (1965) 1964 Leslie Special Car
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The Great Race (1965) 1964 Leslie Special Car (Exhibited W/Documentation & Exhibit Request from Disney) - This incredible piece of historical film memorabilia is the iconic "Leslie Special" car used during the filming of the 1965 American comedy film, The Great Race, starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, inspired by the actual 1908 New York to Paris Race. The film cost $12 million to make, the equivalent to $98.36 million today, making it the most expensive comedy film at the time. The film details the rivalry between two competing daredevils, The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) and Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon), and an automobile race from New York City to Paris. In the film, The Webber Motor Car Company builds a new car named "The Leslie Special," while Fate builds his own vehicle, "The Hannibal Twin-8." The Leslie Special was specially built by Warner Brothers to resemble a Thomas Flyer (the actual car that won the 1908 New York to Paris Race), and, according to Petersen Automotive Museum, only four Leslie Specials were built by the studio using 1957 Ford pickup trucks that they no longer needed. All four had automatic transmissions, as Tony Curtis couldn't drive a manual. According to public information, one of four Leslie Specials was repainted and used in the 1969 film, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, in which it was destroyed, one is in the Stahl Auto Museum, and one was sold to a private buyer in 2019. The final Leslie Special is being offered in this lot, and previously has been exhibited for over 20 years. This vehicle comes with various documentation (names will be redacted), including a request for loan from Disney for their "The Moving Image" exhibit. Note: This car is being sold with a bill of sale only. Please note: This vehicle is currently located in Aurora, Illinois. Shipping will be at the expense of the buyer, and the auction house will help facilitate shipping arrangements, if necessary.
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The Great Race (1965) 1964 Leslie Special Car

Estimate $100,000 - $200,000
Mar 27, 2021
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0009: The Great Race (1965) 1964 Leslie Special Car
Lot Passed16 Bids
Est. $100,000 - $200,000Starting Price $20,000
Artifacts of Hollywood & Music
Mar 27, 2021 1:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0009 Details
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The Great Race (1965) 1964 Leslie Special Car (Exhibited W/Documentation & Exhibit Request from Disney) - This incredible piece of historical film memorabilia is the iconic "Leslie Special" car used during the filming of the 1965 American comedy film, The Great Race, starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, inspired by the actual 1908 New York to Paris Race. The film cost $12 million to make, the equivalent to $98.36 million today, making it the most expensive comedy film at the time. The film details the rivalry between two competing daredevils, The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) and Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon), and an automobile race from New York City to Paris. In the film, The Webber Motor Car Company builds a new car named "The Leslie Special," while Fate builds his own vehicle, "The Hannibal Twin-8." The Leslie Special was specially built by Warner Brothers to resemble a Thomas Flyer (the actual car that won the 1908 New York to Paris Race), and, according to Petersen Automotive Museum, only four Leslie Specials were built by the studio using 1957 Ford pickup trucks that they no longer needed. All four had automatic transmissions, as Tony Curtis couldn't drive a manual. According to public information, one of four Leslie Specials was repainted and used in the 1969 film, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, in which it was destroyed, one is in the Stahl Auto Museum, and one was sold to a private buyer in 2019. The final Leslie Special is being offered in this lot, and previously has been exhibited for over 20 years. This vehicle comes with various documentation (names will be redacted), including a request for loan from Disney for their "The Moving Image" exhibit. Note: This car is being sold with a bill of sale only. Please note: This vehicle is currently located in Aurora, Illinois. Shipping will be at the expense of the buyer, and the auction house will help facilitate shipping arrangements, if necessary.
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